We’ve been at it for a while now. But emergent transition systems don’t come flying off the shelves like mass produced sweat-shop barbie dolls.
That’s the point.
They take love. And proper attention. And a determination to better the world.
We’re building something that isn’t a direct evolution of what has already been built. It’s a redirection. It’s inevitable, if we want humans to survive, but this is a course correction. And all course corrections come with a bit of careful thought.
We are in the process of consciously defying our societal habits.
So let’s go back to some practical logistics about how this is going to look in YOUR business. In YOUR daily life. In how you do your math and set your own track.
We talked before about being honest in how you present yourself, because that’s the one thing humans have always and still yet want from each other. We crave that trustworthiness. We need it. It’s written into the fundamentals of how we greet each other. It’s in our language.
And there’s another layer to this trustworthiness.
In order for you to navigate the world, set a course, and conduct ‘business’ with the people you cross paths, you need to be honest with yourself, as well. But this is not about some therapeutic coach-lingo underdevelopment. If you really want that, head over to the Library for some free PDFs, or the Soultracker Outpost for free foundation-building courses.
No, this is about how you collect the information that will define what you create, and it’s fairly simple.
The game has been split into two camps for some time now. The camp of Science, and the camp of Spirituality. It’s relevant to note that the camp of Religion was built on the foundations of the camp of Spirituality. But since Spirituality is an inherent human thing, even for atheists, that camp moves and spreads faster than mushrooms in March, growing in the high alpine forests of Oregon.
Let’s start with Science.
The camp of Science is one driven by the act of measuring. It’s a place defined by metrics. It’s a mindset driven by what can be calculated. And let’s be honest, Science can see quite a lot.
This ability to observe, measure, codify the results, and relate them to others is unparalleled in human culture. No other area of our society has achieved this level of universal culture-defying language-bridging power.
- When you conduct business, plan your objectives, or simply take a vacation with your family, use this innately human creation.
- When you measure where you and your business have been, your objectives are based in the reality you are standing.
- When you measure how your industry and practices have formed, your decisions are clearly defined by the environment they exist.
This is a powerful skill.
Know your numbers. Know your track record. Know the track record of your industry. Know the track record of anyone or anything relevant.
Learn to measure and you learn to map the unseen meta world of business, and therefore of the road we are creating towards emergent transition.
On the other hand, the camp of Spirituality is not defined by measure. It takes advantage of something far more personal. This camp is built on the notion of Experience.
Experience is what you feel when you wake up in the morning. It’s what you notice as you walk down the street. It’s the sensation of your emotions running through your body and the way the biochemistry of your thoughts effects how you see the world.
Experience is not about measuring so much as it is about noticing.
The Buddhist notions of experience have seeped into most corners of the Spiritual camp. Existence defined by what can be felt, held, thought, and done. Existence defined by the interplay between phantom thoughts of future and the memories of the past. Both of which are moments of “now” that existed before or have not happened yet (on this timeline anyways).
This is a useful conceptualization of Experience.
So as you conduct yourself; as you navigate from the “best practices” of yesterday and the mindsets of previous business, towards the emergent transitions of a better way of being, consider both the MEASURES you can take and the EXPERIENCES that define your reality.
Your actions, and the actions of your business, will be effective and accurate when you take these into account.
You will align yourself with not only the current state of affairs, but the path that has already been walked.
- Your measures will tell you what has worked, and what has not.
- Your measures will define the effectiveness, and the inefficiency.
They will guide your strategic planning. While on the other hand…
- Your experiences will show you what is true, and what is phantom.
- Your experiences will connect you to ethics, and save you from old habits.
And together these two systems of defining reality will open the doors of emergence to you. Science alone cannot do that. Experience alone will not do that. In order to become a pioneer of the emergent transition systems that evolve, you must use both.
This process may be easy, or it may take some time to get used to. How effective you can measure AND experience will be up to your level of determination and your current skill-sets.
For some of you, the skills of book keeping, record taking, and tracking will need to be learned. You will need to awaken the inner scientist in you.
For others, you will need to remember how to feel all of the sensory input of your human organism. The way emotions move through your body; what your eyes are actually telling you.
Along the way there are some things that will become self evident.
Symmetrical ethics will be the only acceptable way to do business.
This is the notion that, in business, if roles were completely reversed and you were the other person complete with their life, their business, their needs… would you accept the deal? Would you willingly say yes?
You will know with certainty that if you cannot with complete confidence say that you would accept what you offer from the other side, it is not a good agreement.
Furthermore, pricing and investment levels will change.
You will not only see but feel the importance of success-driven pricing models. Your time is worth quite a lot, this is true. But in an emergent transition system driven by experience and measurement, you will find that more so than the time spent or the expertise used, your success as a service provider is the defining metric.
- Can you do what you said you would do?
- Is the result at the quality the client wants?
- Do you trust the product to perform?
You’ll get good at estimating the investment your client needs to make to get that successful result. It may even look a lot like time-based pricing from the outside. But inside you’ll feel the difference. You’ll no longer measure hours per contract. You will simply know your expertise, and what it will take from you to create success. And from that knowing, symmetrically ethical numbers will form.
And if the result does not perform? If the success is not achieved?
This will become a rarity as you practice your new way of pricing, but sometimes it happens. And in the spirit of symmetrical ethics, you’ll keep the investment needed to cover the costs of service, and either return the rest or correct the insufficiency.
But don’t take my word for it.
When you’re ready, set out on the path to implement THIS LIST OF CHARACTERISTICS. And see what you find as you evolve. And whatever you find, report back so we can share what we learn.